PaYD - Passing Yardage

Fantasy Football Definition of "PaYd"

The total of a quarterback's passing yardage is recorded as "PaYd" -- a mashup of the letters in the words PAssing YarDs. Different fantasy football leagues score the PaYd stat at different levels. For example, the more traditional scoring systems award a QB 1 fantasy point for every 25 yards passing. The most common variation of this score is to give a QB "bonus points" for hitting certain passing yardage milestones.

In my league this year, we're awarding QBs a bonus point for every 150 yards. Under this scoring system, a QB throwing for 300 yards would earn 14 fantasy points -- 12 for the passing yardage and 2 bonus points for passing for two sets of 150 yards.

Still other leagues try to solve the disparity between a QBs score for PaYds and a RBs score for yards rushing (QBs score every 25 yards while RBs tend to score in 10 yard chunks) by either raising the yardage required by RBs to score or lowering the yardage required for a QB to score.

I'm not a fan of either of these methods. A QBs job is different enough from a RBs to encourage a scoring difference. After all, the QB has multiple receiving targets he can use to earn his fantasy football points, while a RB only scores based on his own exploits. The QBs job is not easier than the RBs, but the QB simply has more ways to rack up yardage than the guy barreling up the center.

When a QB completes a pass to a receiver, multiple fantasy points are being awarded, not just the points for PaYd. The WR earns fantasy points for the yardage, in some leagues the WR also earns a point for the reception, and the QB earns his PaYd stats as well as any potential yardage bonuses your league may tack on. Because so many fantasy points are earned from the QBs arm, the PaYd stat becomes really important for fantasy football managers. Remember that it takes 150 PaYd for a QB to equal the fantasy points of a passing TD. If your starting QB can't get the ball to his receiver in the end zone, he'll have to throw for tons of yards to make up for lost TDs.

When looking for QBs to draft, you have to take all of this into consideration. What scoring system is your fantasy football league using? Will it reward a QB with huge yardage more than a QB that scores lots of TDs? If your fantasy league scoring system is heavily prejudicial in favor of RBs, do you really need to worry about drafting a top five QB? Finally, and maybe most importantly, how many PaYds will your QB choice consistently supply your roster?

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